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Marvel, Harlequin, and Seven Seas Have Five New Releases For You to Explore

There’s five new digital comics available now on comiXology. You can check out the individual releases below or start shopping now.

Civil War Companion

Written by Chris Baiocchi, Chris Biggs, Ronald Byrd, Madison Carter, Peter David, Mike Fichera, Anthony Flamini, Justin Gray, Mark Guggenheim, David Hine, Michael Hoskin, Jerome Maida, Jim Mclauchlin, Clifford Meth, Terry Morrow, Mark O’English, Brian Reed, Mike Sangiacomo, Dan Slott, J. Michael Straczynski, John Rhett Thomas, Stuart Vandal, Zeb Wells
Art by Scott Kolins, Mike Mayhew
Cover by Steve McNiven
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Collects Civil War Files, Civil War: Battle Damage Report, Marvel Spotlight: Mark Millar/Steve McnNiven, Marvel Spotlight: Civil War Aftermath, Daily Bugle: Civil War Special Edition. The legislation has been passed. The battle lines have been drawn. The opening shots have been fired. Now, as the controversial Super Human Registration Act continues to divide America’s super human community, go behind the lines of the Marvel Comics event starring Spider-Man, the New Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the entirety of the Marvel pantheon! Featuring in-depth S.H.I.E.L.D. dossiers on the nation’s most prominent super humans; behind-the-scenes coverage with CIVIL WAR planners Mark Millar and Steve McNiven; news, gossip, and opinions from the Daily Bugle, the very newspaper the citizens of the Marvel Universe read to keep informed; and more!

Civil War Companion

X-Men: Children Of The Atom

Written by Joe Casey
Art by Esad Ribic, Steve Rude, Michael Ryan
Cover by Steve Rude
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Collects X-Men: Children of the Atom (1999) #1-6. Joe Casey and Steve Rude explore the early days of the X-Men! You’ve read Casey’s bold vision of the mighty mutants in UNCANNY X-MEN, now read his interpretation of the original squad! Collecting issues #1 – #6 of the hit mini-series, this adventure digs deep into the lives of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel and the Beast to reveal new depths to the origins of the first X-Men! Professor X and Magneto stand on opposite sides in the war for evolution — but which one will draft these powerful young soldiers? Featuring the art of Steve Rude (SPIDER-MAN: LIFELINES), Michael Ryan (CABLE) and Esad Ribic (THE BROTHERHOOD), this saga will please fans of all ages, with its earnest yet modern examination of these gifted, but troubled youths!

X-Men: Children Of The Atom

Enfant du samedi

Written by Betty Neels
Art by Reiko Kishida
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Voulant repartir de zéro, Abigaïl, infirmière, part pour la Hollande où elle trouve un nouveau travail. Dans la maison de son employeur, elle rencontre le beau docteur Wighklen, mais son air hautain et son attitude froide lui laissent à penser qu’elle ne l’intéresse pas. Bien qu’elle ait mis de la distance entre eux, lorsque le contrat d’Abigaïl arrive à terme, Wighklen lui propose un nouveau travail. Quelque peu déroutée, elle accepte malgré tout, irrésistiblement attirée par son charme inexplicable… Peut-être ne la détestait-il finalement pas tant que ça ?

Enfant du samedi

Married To The Sheik

Written by Carol Culver
Art by Mayu Kasumi
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“Find my bride!” That’s an order from Ben, a sheikh and an oil tycoon, whom Emily works for as a secretary. His sudden, unexpected order depresses her. Because she’s been his secret admirer! But she’s well aware that her love for him will never come true. Ben, on the other hand, has to find a bride to fulfill his tribal custom. Hiding her pain, she agrees to help him find a woman he’s looking for!

Married To The Sheik

Seaside Stranger Vol. 1: Umibe no Étranger

Written by Kanna Kii
Art by Kanna Kii
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This series is rated Adults Only
DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality
Ever since his parents disowned him for being gay, Shun has been living with his aunt on a small island near Okinawa. One day, he meets Mio, a high school student who recently lost his own parents and now spends his days sitting by the sea. The two young men begin to open up to each other… until Mio reveals that he’s leaving. Three years later, an adult Mio returns to the island to confess his true feelings, but is Shun ready for a relationship?

Seaside Stranger Vol. 1: Umibe no Étranger

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Meanwhile… #10 launches on Kickstarter!

Meanwhile

Meanwhile… #10 is a 128-page comics anthology with work by Gary Spencer Millidge, David Hine, Mark Stafford, Roger Langridge, Sarah Gordon, Ginny Skinner, Michael Doig, and India Swift, Oisin Roche (with Elaine M Will), Laurel Dundee, Chad Boudreau and Butch Mapa, Burhan Kum, Victor Martins, Andy Pearson (with Louise Fellows), Moray Rhoda and Daniel Hugo, Flo Pizzarello and Elisabeth Eudes-Pascal. Funds are currently being raised to print the comic through Kickstarter.

Meanwhile… is Soaring Penguin Press‘ anthology series, bringing together higher profile creators with less established creators who are looking to see their story in print. Each issue is curated to ensure the best quality of comics storytelling.

Meanwhile… combines ongoing series with stand-alone stories, so that every issue provides a satisfying read, but encourages the reader to pick up the next issue, too.

You can get a digital edition for about $13 with the print about $27. The campaign is about 75% of its goal as of this post and runs until July 8 at 2:30 ET.

It’s Swashbuckling Cyberpunk in Jules Verne’s: Lighthouse

Bestselling creative duo David Hine and Brian Haberlin—who brought readers breakout hits like The Marked and Sonata—are back again this April with an all-new adventure in Jules Verne’s: Lighthouse. Set on the high seas of space, and based upon the work of master storyteller Jules Verne, this five-issue science fiction miniseries will launch from Image Comics and Shadowline with an extra length first issue.

Jules Verne’s: Lighthouse is set at the edge of the galaxy, where there is a giant supercomputer known as the Lighthouse. The only brain powerful enough to navigate ships through a sargasso of naturally occurring wormholes, potentially cutting months or even years off a spaceship’s journey. Three humans, one alien, and a nanny bot have manned the remote station for years in relative peace until the arrival of Captain Kongre and his band of cutthroat pirates threatens the future of civilization and reveals that each of the Lighthouse crew has been hiding a shocking secret.

He who controls the Lighthouse controls this part of the galaxy.

Jules Verne’s: Lighthouse #1 Cover A by Haberlin and Geirrod Van Dyke (Diamond Code FEB210038) and Jules Verne’s: Lighthouse #1 Cover B by Haberlin and Van Dyke (Diamond Code FEB210039) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 14. 

Jules Verne’s: Lighthouse #1

Soaring Penguin Press and Mark Stafford raise money for the Cartoon Museum

The Bad Bad Place

Soaring Penguin Press and Mark Stafford have raised over £1,500 for London’s cash-strapped Cartoon Museum.

Soaring Penguin donated the entire proceeds of 50 signed copies of their latest graphic novel, The Bad Bad Place by David Hine and Mark Stafford, to the museum, but Stafford went the extra mile by creating 50 unique paintings for every copy.

Fortunately, the Cartoon Museum has just received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, meaning that it will be able to open again safely, but as The Cartoon Museum’s Steve Marchant commented, “Many, many thanks for all the congrats and good wishes regarding our funding success. We’re not out of the woods yet – income has always been an issue – but we can see the sky.”

Anyone who makes a purchase on the Soaring Penguin Press website can also make a donation to the Museum when they check out.


Heavy Metal #298 Heads to the Furthest Reaches with Ben Templesmith, Richard Corben, David Hine, and more!

Heavy Metal Entertainment has announced the release of Heavy Metal #298, the Furthest Reaches Special, coming March 2020. In the lead up to Heavy Metal’s landmark 300th issue, the world’s greatest illustrated science fiction mag will take readers to the edge of the cosmos and beyond with this specially curated issue.

Managing editor Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Halloween, Batman Eternal) helms the intergalactic Heavy Metal starship bound for Alpha Proxima 9! An amazing collection of all-new science fiction tales fills this issue. Stories so twisted they are sure to blow a circuit in that defective cybernetic implant you had inserted into your cerebellum.

In this issue:

  • “Murky World” Chapter 12, by Richard Corben, continues. In a bizarre land populated by hungry deadlings, cruel necromancers, and buxom cyclops, Tugat the warrior sets out to retrieve his lost horse Frix.
  • David Hine & Mark Stafford create bone-chilling intersections with insectoid life in Bug House.”
  • Alex Smith takes us through a Body Jack as modification reaches new frontiers.
  • Matt Emmons plumbs the robot psyche with The Incubator.”
  • Emilio Balcarce & Marcelo Perez explore “A New Life” in the collapse of a robot army.  
  • James Maddox & Ben Templesmith plunge us into the Abyss of Souls with partners lost in space.  
  • “Philip K Dick’s Head is Missing is based on the true story of the Android Head of sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick that went missing in 2005.  In 1980, Robert Faraday, assistant to Philip K. Dick, chronicles the author quickly losing his mind. While the author tries to explain staggering visions from space, his Android simulacrum gains a sentience of its own in the future. A shared destiny links them as events hurtle towards a singularity. By Michael David Nelsen​ and Dwayne Harris​.
  • Carlos Huante, Artist and concept designer for the Ridley Scott films Alien: Covenant and Alien: Prometheus, is featured with a gallery of previously unseen images and concept designs. Also highlighted in a gallery is futurist visionary Josan “Deathburger” Gonzalez as he discusses his post apocalyptic worlds of Robo-City Prime and New Citadel 9. Interviews by Hanna Means Shannon.
  • In Omar Estevez and FG Dr. Stain Ortiz Rivero’s “Totemic”, a couple of bandits in a ravaged world discover that sometimes it’s better not to get what you asked for.
  • “Project Z”: An earth-shattering asteroid changed the course of mankind forever. The few who survived sought to rebuild what was lost, factions of people scattered across the earth, unbeknownst to one another, fight to survive on this now desolate earth. By Matt Medney & Morgan Rosenblum.
  • “Dowser” is a short story by Dwayne Harris. In a world nearly devoid of drinkable water, a vicious gang holds sway over one of the few remaining wells in the American Southwest. When their well runs dry, they seek out a legendary figure, the Dowser, to help them find another – whether he’s willing to or not. 

Heavy Metal #298 features three covers to choose from:

Cover A: “Taarna” by Esau Escorza & Carlos Villas
Cover B: “Recalculating” by Gabriel Ippoliti
Cover C: by Phil Cohen

The Marked #1 Heads Back to Print

Image Comics has announced that the critically-acclaimed creative team behind the breakout steampunk adventure series SonataBrian Haberlin and David Hine—have scored another hit in the series The Marked. The new urban fantasy series from Image and Shadowline is sold out at the distributor level and has been greenlit for a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand.

The Marked may look like cool young influencers, but beneath the designer clothes, their bodies are tattooed with the magical glyphs of an ancient order that secretly protects the world against evil forces. With no new occult threats, The Marked use their tattooed powers solely for the pursuit of pleasure until a young woman called Liza creates a dangerous new form of Hybrid Sorcery. The party is over for The Marked. You’ll believe in magic—terrifying, soul-destroying magic.

The Marked #1 second printing (Diamond Code SEP198325) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 20.

The Marked #1 second printing

Sonata #2 and Sonata #3 Sell Out and Head Back to Print

Image Comics and Shadowline have announced that both Sonata #2 and Sonata #3 — by critically acclaimed writer David Hine and artist Brian Haberlin — are being rushed back to print in order to keep up with the growing demand for the action-packed, steampunk fantasy series. 

In Sonata, Sonata travels through a hidden underworld where she discovers impossible science, a giant killer bird, and a young man named Pau, who sees himself as her knight in shining armor. He is also the son of the rival Tayan leader, which makes them deadly enemies.

The buzz for this hot new series coincides with excitement for the creative team’s other forthcoming collaboration, The Marked, which will launch from Image and Shadowline this October. 

The Marked may look like a group of cool young influencers, but beneath the designer clothes, their bodies are tattooed with the magical glyphs of an ancient order that secretly protects the world against evil forces. With no new occult threats, The Marked use their tattooed powers solely for the pursuit of pleasure until a young woman called Liza creates a dangerous new form of Hybrid Sorcery. 

Sonata #2, second printing (Diamond Code JUL198214) and Sonata #3, second printing (Diamond Code JUL198215) will both hit stores on Wednesday, September 11. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, August 19. 

The Marked #1 Cover A (Diamond Code AUG190025) and The Marked #1 Cover B (Diamond Code AUG190026) will both hit stores on Wednesday, October 16. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, September 23.

Sonata #2, second printing
Sonata #3, second printing
The Marked #1

Brian Haberlin and David Hine Reteam this October for The Marked

Image Comics has announced that the critically-acclaimed creative team behind the smash-hit series SonataBrian Haberlin and David Hine—will reteam for an all-new ongoing fantasy series this October, titled The Marked and perfect for fans of The Shadowhunters and Charmed

The Marked may look like cool young influencers, but beneath the designer clothes, their bodies are tattooed with the magical glyphs of an ancient order that secretly protects the world against evil forces. 

With no new occult threats, The Marked use their tattooed powers solely for the pursuit of pleasure until a young woman called Liza creates a dangerous new form of Hybrid Sorcery. The party is over for The Marked. You’ll believe in magic—terrifying, soul-destroying magic.

The Marked #1 will hit local comic shops on Wednesday, October 16.

The Marked #1

Sonata #1 is Getting a Second Printing

Critically acclaimed writer David Hine and artist Brian Haberlin have a new hit with the launch of their steampunk fantasy series in Sonata. The debut issue was immediately rushed back to print by Image/Shadowline yesterday—same day as release—in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand. The new series also features an exciting Augmented Reality (AR) component to bring the world to life for readers. 

Sonata follows two civilizations in a race to colonize a planet thought to be the legendary home of their gods. Sonata, a skilled flier and daughter of the lead Ran engineer, and Pau, the young son of the Tayan colonist leader, must find a way to save themselves and their people before it’s too late. Romeo and Juliet meets Lost in this science-fiction/steampunk world filled with dark secrets, ancient ruins, and the threat of war. 

Sonata #1, second printing (Diamond Code MAY198158) will be available on Wednesday, July 10. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 17. 

Sonata #2 Cover A by Haberlin and Van Dyke (Diamond Code MAY190103) and Sonata #2 Cover B by Haberlin and Van Dyke (Diamond Code MAY190104) will be available on Wednesday, July 17. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, June 24.

Sonata #1, second printing

Review: Sonata #1

Sonata #1

Sonata #1 is a comic that on its own can be enjoyed as a new fantasy world. But, dive into its layers a bit and you have a comic that can be commentary on both colonialism or the situation in the Middle East.

Written by David Hine and Brian Haberlin, Sonata #1 is a surprisingly layered comic. The series revolves around two cultures clashing on a planet. Both believe the wold is their Promised Land. The Rans are peace-loving while the Tayans are a race of warriors who want to colonize and control.

That alone can be read in so many ways which makes the series beyond enjoyable. Hine and Haberlin mix in a religious aspect of sleeping gods and a discovery at the end that makes it clear there’s meant to be more than another fantasy series.

The richness is brought to life through the art by Haberlin. He’s joined by Geirrod Van Dyke on color and lettering by Francis Takenaga. There’s an attention to detail where the art makes sure to give the readers part of the story. We know where each group stands not just by their words but by their clothing and their surroundings. It’s a perfect example of show and don’t tell. The art fleshes out the world and it also brings a quasi-religious feel to it all with some of its visuals.

Sonata #1 drew me in with an interesting concept but left me wanting to explore this world more. I want to dissect the allegory and see what Hine and Haberlin will “say” when it’s all over.

Story: David Hine, Brian Haberlin Art: Brian Haberlin
Color: Geirrod Van Dyke Letterer: Francis Takenaga
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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